Widodo Urges Caution as Indonesia Records First Omicron

Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged people and government officials to remain calm, maintain discipline, and refrain from traveling abroad after the country detected its first case of the Omicron variant in a cleaning worker at a hospital in Jakarta.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin confirmed that the patient that was quarantined at the Athlete’s Village emergency hospital, tested positive with the Omicron variant on Wednesday, and has shown no symptoms. 

Sadikin asked citizens to continue following recommended protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining a physical distance.

Indonesia has recorded more than 4.2 million COVID-19 cases and more than 143,000 deaths on Wednesday. 

The country has been on alert for the past few weeks as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the globe including, neighboring Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia. 

Early data suggested the Omicron variant is more transmissible than Delta, which Indonesia struggled to contain record infections and deaths in July and overloaded the national healthcare system.

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